ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 vs. ASICS GT-2000 5 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 5 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 are stability running shoes for runners who overpronate, although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has been listed as a running shoe that can also be worn by neutral runners.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 5 differ quite a bit in construction.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has somewhat more overlays than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, which only comes with the ASICS logo as an overlay on the lateral side and implements underlays for additional support.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 uses engineered mesh, which also adds some degree of support to the upper.

The ASICS GT-2000 5, on the other hand, comes with a good amount of no-sew overlays around the midfoot and on both sides of the upper. This really increases the amount of support you get around the midfoot compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The toecap of the ASICS GT-2000 5 contains some stitches, while that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is no-sew, which means that the ASICS GT-2000 5 might be a bit more durable at the front compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

At the back, both running shoes come with a sturdy external heel counter, but it is somewhat different on the two running shoes.

The heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 wraps around the heel more and comes further forward toward the midfoot than that of the ASICS GT-2000 5.

This means that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 can help prevent heel rotation starting from within the upper instead of only using the midsole to control overpronation.

All in all, you might be able to get a more secure fit from the ASICS GT-2000 5, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might feel a bit more comfortable in the forefoot and secure around the heel.

The midsole of both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 consists of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

The GEL cushioning is visible in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 but not in that of the ASICS GT-2000 5, as an indication that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 was meant to provide runners with a plush ride.

However, because the lower layer of foam differs between the two running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 using a more responsive type of material, the ASICS GT-2000 5 can take advantage of the cushioning properties that are built into the midsole foam itself.

Therefore, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might be the more luxurious one, the ASICS GT-2000 5 does deliver a good amount of cushioning, especially in the forefoot.

Where it might lag a bit is in the heel, because according to running shoe lab tests, the amount of heel cushioning it delivers to men is below average and to women just above average.

The main purpose of the ASICS GT-2000 5 is to provide support to overpronators, and the way it does this is through the use of somewhat firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole and a midfoot shank.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a similar support system in place, but because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 can also be worn by neutral runners, its support system provides somewhat less support than that of the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display a similar layout with lots of durable rubber and a good amount of flex grooves.

However, the first flex groove under the forefoot is better cut under the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than it is under the ASICS GT-2000 5, which might allow the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 to provide a bit more flexibility to runners than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 5 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.2 oz (318 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 5 being the lighter one.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride, you could go with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, and if you need a bit more stability and support, the ASICS GT-2000 5 might be a better option.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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